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Standard operating procedures help to ensure that clinical trials are conducted in accordance with the research protocol and institutional, state and federal guidelines.
In clinical research, standard operating procedures (SOPs) help define the standard practices and daily processes that are conducted to assure execution of research tasks in accordance with the research protocol and institutional, state and federal guidelines.
SOPs should contain enough detail to guide research staff through a particular procedure, and thereby establish uniformity in the everyday functions related to that study.
SOPs should contain specifically defined procedures that can be followed without deviation and commonly include:
The Division of Clinical Research (DCR) at Massachusetts General Hospital helps to connect investigators and study staff members to a variety of courses, services and resources that provide assistance with every step of the clinical research process. These include offerings from the DCR itself, as well as associated research institutions and organizations. Mass General resources are listed first; DCR programs are noted in parentheses.
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